A Typical Week
As a proud Mumma to two adorable, lively munchkins and wife to Tom, my husband and rock, we are navigating this crazy world one step (or giant leap) at a time! There are many spinning plates in the Lloyd household and a typical work normally revolves around keeping as many on their poles as possible. My daughter would adore a dog but for now we borrow friends as I’m not sure I’ve got the capacity to cope with a puppy right now!
Mornings start early and involve a military operation to get children up and dressed and to nursery and school ensuring that we have the right clothes on (is it a normal day, woodlands day or PE day?!) breakfast is eaten, hair is plaited, reading completed and recorded in the book, sun cream applied, school bags prepared, correct hat selected (is it a woolly or sun hat day?) and trying not to forgot water bottles or the many adhoc requirements that seem never ending as we run out the door and I pray that I’ve got my laptop and lunch with me. It’s then a mad dash to the office, trying not to be too late.
No two days at Stream at the same for me, although they tend to follow theme. Following a hybrid working approach, I normally in the office Monday to Wednesday and then get my head down at home on a Thursday and Friday. It’s generally a leadership day on a Monday so it’s a day full of meetings – sales, marketing, strategy – the day flies by but sets us up well for the week. One of my favourite aspects of my job is strategising and ‘solutionising’ with Melanie. When we manage to get focused time together 1+1=3 and we always walk away energised, with actions and the next avenue of attack that we need to take.
Tuesday and Wednesdays are dedicated to supporting our Client Success team in person and with that I could be doing anything from attending meetings, reviewing documents, scoping solutions, providing training and support, completing 1-2-1 sessions – it’s always a mixed bag! Thursdays and Fridays tend to be dedicated to towards marketing content, analysis, HR, proposals – the hefty stuff that needs more dedicated focus.
As the working day closes, it’s a mad dash back to collect children from various settings and spend the dedicated family-hour with them, we ban work wherever possible from that protected hour so that they get our full attention and we unwind a little. After bedtime, it’s normally cooking dinner for Tom and I, tidying up, watching a bit of whatever the latest binge is, probably opening the laptop to finish off the bits from the day, a walk with a friend, before collapsing into bed and hoping we get an unbroken nights sleep.
It is a privilege that I able to inspire my daughter and others that you can successfully have both – motherhood and a career that you are truly passionate about. It’s hard work, but you don’t have to compromise one for the other, they can work in balance and you can love being both.